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Different techniques exist for determining chlorophyll-a concentration as a proxy of phytoplankton abundance. In this study, a novel method based on the spectral particulate beam-attenuation coefficient (cp) was developed to estimate chlorophyll-a concentrations in oceanic waters. A multi-layer perceptron deep neural network was trained to exploit the spectral features present in cp around the chlorophyll-a absorption peak in the red spectral region. Results show that the model was successful at accurately retrieving chlorophyll-a concentrations using cp in three red spectral bands, irrespective of time or location and over a wide range of chlorophyll-a concentrations.

Graban Sebastian, Dall’Olmo Giorgio, Goult Stephen, Sauzède Raphaëlle